Theater of Cruelty

Iran

Iran's leader: "Do everything to stop them"

WOMEN'S MATCH: For far too long, Western authorities have relied on Iranian reforms and an illusion of a vibrant democracy. A Europe that has committed itself to human rights and feminist values ​​in foreign policy must now – also regarding Women's Day on 8 March – support Iran's women and give them the opportunity to be heard. Women in Iran are no longer fooled by the hope of reform.

The guardianless faces

IRAN: This is a political film that has chosen the thriller genre to exercise sharp social criticism against Iran. Like many of today's protesters in the country, the people behind the film were met with death threats and hate messages from the Iranian regime.

"Dealing with illiberal states is a chronic problem"

USA: We've talking to John Ikenberry about 'after victory moments'. Is there any real incentive for the powerful state to spend money to rebuild and foster better order? The liberal international vision is not globalism, it is intergovernmentalism.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is cutting international cooperation

MIDDLE EAST: What significance does it have that the authorities have cut cultural support to a number of Norwegian actors working internationally? For example, Kirkelig Kulturverksted i Midtøsten?

All against all

REFUGEES: Unity is pulverized, everyone just thinks of managing on their own, surviving, tearing up an extra bite of food, a place in the food queue or the telephone queue.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN IRAN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The Middle East tragedy

ISLAMISM: The traditional explanation for the conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims is too superficial. A new, well-written analysis interprets the Middle East's major changes as a showdown between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The devil is in the system

DEATH PENALTY: The Berlin winner There is no devil is a strong statement against Iran's state executions and a morally complex depiction of living in a totalitarian society.

Religious notions

SUNNI AND SJIA: The religious contradictions between the two main directions of Islam are not so great. But in conflicts between countries and groups, they are used for everything they are worth.

When viruses go viral

INFO DEME: A study of the corona virus, conspiracy theories and fake news in the disinformation ecosystem.

The illiteracy of Pakistan

READING AND WRITING DIFFICULTIES: Pakistan needs to prioritize the citizens' lack of reading and writing skills and should launch a nationwide program that takes into account the country's multicultural and foreign language communities.

The war reporter close to the truth

PORTRAIT FILM: War Reporter Robert Fisk has the courage to monitor and challenge. He is known for reporting from the front lines in violation of the official line of politicians and authorities.

The people of Lebanon do not give up

LEBANON: "We go home when the government goes home," said the protesters at the Riad al-Solh in Beirut.

Norway must say no to contributing militarily in the Gulf of Persia

NO TO USA: The anti-war initiative asks the government to refuse the US request to contribute militarily to the crisis in the Gulf of Persia.

Deputy wars' hidden interests

PROXY WARS: The United States and Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia have an indirect involvement in conflicts that is quite different from conventional warfare.

Movies of necessity

COMMERCIAL BAN: Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi continues to make films with more and more room for maneuver, despite being sentenced to both occupational and exit bans.

The misunderstood revolution

IRAN: Solidly argued status of Iranian state 40 years after the fall of the Shah.